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Broward County Apartment Explosion Ruled Accidental

9/24/2007

CONTACT: 
Lt. Joseph Schwartz (954) 321-3718; or
Nina Banister (850) 413-2842 
DEERFIELD BEACH—Detectives with the Division of State Fire Marshal’s Bureau of Fire and Arson Investigations have determined that an explosion last Thursday at a Deerfield Beach apartment complex was an accidental fire that started in a propane gas line leading to a stove in a vacant apartment. 
 
No life-threatening injuries were reported as a result of the early morning blast at the three-story Deerfield Beach Apartments, located at 1325 S.E. 8th Ave. in Deerfield Beach.  Four apartments were burned as a result of the explosion, which detectives said occurred in apartment 303A.  Property loss was estimated at $3 million.
“We are relieved that no one was seriously hurt in this explosion and thank all of the agencies involved for their quick response to this tragedy,” said Florida Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink, who also serves as State Fire Marshal.
 
The Deerfield Beach Fire Department, the Broward County Sheriff’s Office, the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Bureau of Liquefied Petroleum Gas Inspection assisted with the investigation into the cause of the explosion.

As a statewide elected officer of the Florida Cabinet, Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink oversees the Department of Financial Services, a multi-division state agency responsible for management of state funds and unclaimed property, assisting consumers who request information and help related to financial services, and investigating financial fraud. CFO Sink also serves as the State Fire Marshal.